CO – Wildflowers (and cactus blooms) May/June 2022

From May through September I celebrated wildflower season in various parts of Colorado. For those who’ve been following my blog, you know how much I enjoy photographing flowers. Although I found some new favorites I’ll start with the Colorado State Flower, the stunning blue columbine. “Aquilegia coerulea, the Colorado blue columbine, is a species of flowering plant in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native to the Rocky Mountains. The Latin specific name coerulea means ‘sky blue’.” Source: Wikipedia

May 2022

Colorado National Monument welcomed me to the state with blooms aplenty (blog link).

I quickly switched from late spring conditions in Grand Junction to early spring conditions at Grand Mesa. These areas aren’t separated by many miles but those few thousand feet of elevation make a big difference (blog link).

I dropped elevation again where I found desert blooms at Dominguez Canyon (blog link).

I found myself back up at 9,500′ when I visited nearby Uncompahgre Plateau (blog link). Since it was still May I had low expectations for spring blooms.

I wrapped up the month of May at Black Canyon of the Gunnison (blog link).

June 2022

These blooms were found on Segments 1-5 of The Colorado Trail between 6,000′ and 11,000 (blog link). Fairy Slipper Orchids, Prickly Poppies, Widow Grass, Skullcaps and the pink Penstemon (Penstemon secundiflorus) were highlights.

Colorado Trail Segments 12-13 (blog link) held a few surprises like Jacob’s Ladder and Western Pasqueflowers. I began seeing more columbines and was excited to find a coralroot orchid.

My timing wasn’t ideal for Segment 10 (blog link) and Segment 11 (blog link) or maybe it’s just not an area rich in wildflowers.

This was a fun way to review my spring jaunt. These collage photos are best viewed on a computer. Most plant ID’s were included in my original posts. I can’t wait to see what beauties I found in July.

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